Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf/strategic partnership/COP21
Riyadh, May 5, 2015
At their meeting in Riyadh on 5 May 2015, the heads of state of the CCASG invited French President François Hollande to take part in their work. This initiative testifies to CCASG states’ respect for France’s active and positive policy in the Middle East.
Indeed, this strategic region is experiencing a difficult period involving the destabilization of several states, the growth of international terrorism, and interference by certain states and movements in the affairs of other states. This situation is dangerous for regional and international security and affects the economic and social development to which the peoples of the Middle East aspire.
The heads of state of the CCASG and the French Republic discussed measures likely to restore regional stability, and they call on the international community to:
reaffirm the right of the region’s states to respect for their independence, their territorial integrity, the inviolability of their borders and their national sovereignty, free from external interference. (…)
The CCASG states and France welcome their significant agreement on objectives and methods for ensuring stability in the Middle East, a strategic region for international security. They pledge to strengthen political consultation and their cooperation in every field, for the benefit of their peoples.
France intends to develop its engagement with the CCASG states in the framework of a strategic partnership involving technology transfers, the training of young people, large-scale mutual investment via joint ventures in innovative sectors, and enhanced cooperation in the security and defence fields.
The CCASG states and France confirm their cooperation to ensure the success of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to be held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015. Together they pledge to make progress on the more immediate issues in the framework of the preparatory work planned in June.
The CCASG states and France confirm that the 5 May meeting in Riyadh is regarded as the starting-point for a strategic partnership between France and the CCASG states./.